Implementing a system for managing lab inventory: Editorial


In a recent article for Nature, Nicollette Jessica Setiawan and Christina Marie Termini provide a method for managing laboratory inventory. Setiawan and Termini write that labs should assess their needs and the areas that they need to improve; create a plan such as a purchasing spreadsheet that could include details such as vendor information, lot numbers, storage location, and order status; and implement a system to track purchases and inventory. This system will need to be adjusted to suit the needs of the lab and updated regularly to keep the information accurate. Additionally, all lab members should share the responsibility of updating the information in the spreadsheet so that team members know where items are stored.